Papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes) with mojo picón recipe

Papas arrugadas with mojo picón is a traditional recipe from the Canary Islands that makes not only the Canarians love it but all those who try it. The recipe for wrinkly potatoes is very simple, but it is a dish full of flavour, perfect to take as an appetizer or garnish. Mojo picón is a red sauce with a spicy flavor that is served with ‘wrinkly’ potatoes.

Mojo picón, mojo picón, the delicious Canary Island sauce is called…” as it said in the lyrics of the famous song, is prepared with a few ingredients that almost everyone has in the kitchen. On the other hand, the wrinkly potatoes are prepared with a small variety of Canarian potato (papa bonita). If you do not have these you can use garnish potatoes.


  • For the wrinkly potatoes: 1 kg. of small Canarian potatoes, and 3 handfuls of salt
  • For the mojo picón: virgin olive oil (150 ml), wine vinegar (15 ml), red peppers or chilli peppers (2), garlic (5 cloves), sweet paprika (2 teaspoons), ground cumin (2 teaspoons), and salt (2 teaspoons)

How to make it

  1. Start by preparing the wrinkly potatoes. Wash them well and leave them unpeeled, typical of wrinkly potatoes.
  2. In a casserole add the wrinkly potatoes and water until they are almost covered. Add the three handfuls of salt.
  3. Cook over a medium heat until they are white due to the salt. Also make sure they are tender, which you can check if you prick them.
  4. When they are ready, drain the water without turning off the heat and keep them a couple more minutes to dry.
  5. While making the wrinkly potatoes we will prepare the mojo picón. Peel the garlic and put it in a mortar with the pepper or chillies and cumin.
  6. Then, put them in the recipient of the mixer and pour the olive oil, vinegar, paprika and salt. Stir for a few minutes until the ingredients are integrated and generate the sauce.
  7. If you think that there is any ingredient missing, you can always change the recipe. To preserve it you can keep it in the fridge for a few days. However, we recommend that you stir it before serving it because the ingredients can detach.

Other recipes: Mojo verde (green mojo)

papas arrugadas
  • Ingredients: parsley (1 bunch), green pepper (1), fresh oregano (5 sprigs), coriander seeds (1/2 tbsp), garlic (4 cloves), vinegar (200 ml), olive oil (200 ml), and salt.
  1. Green coriander mojo is usually served with fish dishes, although it can also be served with wrinkly potatoes. To make this sauce start by peeling and crushing the garlic, pepper, coriander, oregano, cumin and salt in a mortar.
  2. Continue by chopping the parsley into very small pieces and adding it.
  3. When everything is crushed, pour the mixture into the recipient of the mixer together with the vinegar and the oil until the mojo is obtained.
  4. If you do not have a mixer you can do it by hand. Crush the ingredients well in the mortar and stir.

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